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The importance of the public library has never been greater.  Support honesty, civility, and democracy! Support Albany’s greatest asset – the Albany Public Library!  Support the APL Foundation’s Annual Appeal!

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2017 has been a tremendous year for the Albany Public Library Foundation and we are excited to share some of our accomplishments with you.  As someone who understands the importance of the Albany Public Library to our city and region, we hope you will consider making a donation to the APL Foundation’s Annual Appeal to support our work.

The Foundation hired an Executive Director in 2017, Alexis “Lex” Bhagat.  He has been busy spearheading collaborations with other community organizations, such as the Bike the Branches event with CDPHP Cycle!; organizing new programs, such as the Literary Legends Junior Gala; and planning new fundraising campaigns, such as our new Literary Libations walking tours.  He is also working closely with APL staff, writing grant proposals for the library and seeking new funding streams to underwrite fabulous library programs.  We are so pleased to have Lex on board; please join us in welcoming him!

The APL Foundation has also continued to proudly support programs for Capital Region residents, from babies to seniors. LibraryLinks, a pilot program to deliver books to seniors, is in its second year and has grown to become a regular library program based at Bach and Pine Hills. YouthFX@APL has grown into a year-round program operating at 5 branches and serving nearly 500 young people from age 9 to 17! The Art@APL program at the Pine Hills branch hosted its largest exhibition ever this spring, including over 80 works, and is preparing to expand to other branches, bringing contemporary art to more library patrons. And our #GivingTuesday campaign raised nearly $1000 in one day for APL’s Raising a Reader early literacy program.

Our annual Literary Legends gala event continues to shine a spotlight on our local authors while raising funds for the library and strengthening the APL’s connections to the surrounding communities.  The 2017 event honored author Athena V. Lord at the Bach branch. We look forward to hosting the 2018 event at the Howe branch and connecting with our Pastures, South End and Mansion neighbors.

Working hand in hand with APL Executive Director, Scott Jarzombek, the APL Foundation is building partnerships and leveraging resources to enhance the programs of the Albany Public Library and bring them to as many residents as possible in Albany. As Jarzombek told the Albany Fund for Education this October, “the public library is one of the last bastions of truth and civic space – an organization that promotes literacy on all fronts, from the written word to the digital landscape, to all ages, from birth until death.”

The importance of the public library has never been greater.  Support honesty, civility, and democracy! Support Albany’s greatest asset – the Albany Public Library!  Support the APL Foundation’s Annual Appeal!

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Thank you for your support.

sincerely,

Holly McKenna

Holly McKenna

Board President